Bio vs Non-Bio Laundry Detergents: What’s the Difference?
When it comes to laundry detergents, you have two main options to choose from: bio and non-bio. But what exactly sets these two types of laundry detergents apart? We’ll explore the differences between bio and non-bio laundry detergents and help you determine which one is right for you and which will work best when doing your reusable nappy laundry.
What is a Bio Laundry Detergent?
A bio laundry detergent is a detergent that contains enzymes specifically designed to break down and remove protein-based stains, such as blood, grass, and food stains. Bio laundry detergents are often marketed as being more environmentally friendly, as they are typically made from biodegradable ingredients. See our post regarding enzymes.
What is a Non-Bio Laundry Detergent?
A non-bio laundry detergent is a detergent that does not contain enzymes. Instead, it relies on surfactants to remove dirt and stains from clothes. Non-bio laundry detergents are typically less expensive than bio laundry detergents, and they are often marketed as being gentle on sensitive skin. See our post regarding surfactants.
Bio or Non-Bio Laundry Detergent?
The answer to this question ultimately depends on your individual needs and preferences. Here are a few things to consider:
Skin sensitivity: If you have sensitive skin, a non-bio laundry detergent may be a better choice for you. Non-bio detergents are typically gentler on skin, as they do not contain enzymes that may irritate sensitive skin.
Stains: If you frequently encounter tough protein-based stains, such as blood or grass stains, a bio laundry detergent may be a better choice. The enzymes in bio laundry detergents are specifically designed to break down these types of stains, making them easier to remove.
Environment: If you are environmentally conscious, a bio laundry detergent may be the way to go. Bio laundry detergents are typically made from biodegradable ingredients, which are less harmful to the environment than the ingredients used in non-bio laundry detergents.
Whether you choose a bio or non-bio laundry detergent ultimately depends on your individual needs and preferences. Consider factors such as skin sensitivity, stain removal, and environmental impact to determine which type of laundry detergent is right for you.
What is Recommended for Washing Reusable Nappies?
We always recommend using a biological detergent whenever possible for washing your reusable nappies, cloth wipes, washable period pads, and nursing pads. The combination of enzymes and surfactants in a bio detergent guarantee that your reusables will be deeply cleaned and come out of the wash as hygienically as possible. A bonus of choosing a bio detergent is that you are able to wash reusable nappies as low as 40*C rather than 60*C, saving you hot water and energy during your washing cycle. If you choose to use a non-bio detergent, you should wash your nappies at 60*C to ensure a deep clean.